Past Events

Contemporary Management Pediatric Surgery Update Series

Aired on 9.18.2013
Contemporary Management Pediatric Surgery Update Series CME

This virtual, live, symposium is designed to provide participants with an update on key concepts in pediatric surgery that are relevant for maintenance of certification. This is the first course in a series that will ultimately cover most relevant topics in pediatric surgery over a two year curriculum. The format will be case presentations presented by key opinion leaders from around the world with audience and faculty interaction, discussion, polling, and debate. The key points covered will be evidence based.


We have an ambitious goal with this course which will bring together the world leaders in pediatric surgery from key institutions in the field.  This format and series will allow them to go through core competencies touching on all relevant concepts and controversies.  We will feature world experts in their respective fields as they discuss, disagree and come to a consensus on the optimal treatments for various conditions.

Directors & Faculty


Todd Ponsky, MD

Todd Ponsky is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and a pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of Clinical Growth and Transformation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from 1995-1999,Residency in General Surgery at The George Washington University in Washington, DC from 1999-2005, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC from 2005-2007,and an Advanced Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, CO from 2007-2008. Dr. Ponsky was the first to perform and report single port surgery in children and modernized the methods of the laparoscopic pediatric hernia repair. He has published over 125 manuscripts, edited 3 textbooks, and authored over 30 book chapters. He has directed over 50 national/international courses and has given over 200 visiting lectureships. He is the Associate Editor for The Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and serves on three editorial boards. He is the immediate past president of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) and holds, or has held, leadership positions in the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the International Society for Pediatric Innovation (iSPI). He has won numerous faculty teaching awards. He is involved in both outcomes and animal research with a focus on inguinal hernia physiology, surgical telementoring, endoscopic repair techniques for pure esophageal atresia, and innovations in education. He founded GlobalcastMD and Stay Current in Surgery, both of which serve to democratize and internationalize medical knowledge and modernize the way we teach and learn surgery.

George Holcomb, MD

Whit Holcomb is professor emeritus at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Additional Faculty

John Crow, MD

Chairman, Department of Surgery, Akron Children's Hospital. Professor of Clinical Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Akron, Ohio.

Aaron Garrison, MD

Dr. Garrison is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery at CCHMC. He is the Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship. His clinical interests include congenital colorectal and esophageal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and minimally invasive surgery.

Gloria Gonzalez, MD

Pediatric Oncology Surgeon at the Luis Calvo Mackenna Children's Hospital and Clinica Las Condes Medical Center. Santiago, Chile.

Tim Kane

Chief of General and Thoracic Surgery at Children's National Medical Center, Washington D.C.

Pablo Laje, MD

Attending Surgeon Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Jacob Langer, M.D.

Professor of Surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Gordon MacKinlay, MD

Consultant surgeon and Past President of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Marcelo Martinez-Ferro

Dr. Martinez-Ferro is the surgeon-in-chief at The Fundacion Hospitalaria Children´s Hospital. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Peter Mattei, MD

General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Robert Parry, M.D.

Director of Pediatric Surgery, Akron Children's Hospital, Associate Professor of Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Akron, Ohio.

Jose Prince, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Hofstra NS-LIJ School of Medicine. Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York.

Anthony Sandler, MD

Senior Vice President, and Chief of Surgery, Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care and The Diane and Norman Bernstein Professor of Pediatric Surgery, George Washington University. Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Oliver Soldes

Pediatric Surgeon, Akron Children's Hospital, Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Akron, Ohio.

Danielle Walsh

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Brody School of Medicine East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Daniel von Allmen, MD

Dr. von Allmen is the Senior Vice President of Surgical Services and Surgeon-in-Chief at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. von Allmen holds the Lester W. Martin Chair of Pediatric Surgery. His special clinical interests include pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal disorders, surgical innovation and surgical robotics. He has been a long term participant in the Surgical Section of the Children's Oncology group, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group.


9:00 am - 9:10 am
9:10 am - 9:55 am
Management of Appendicitis
9:55 am - 10:40 am
Esophageal Atresia
10:40 am - 10:50 am
10:50 am - 11:35 am
Lumps and Bumps
What to do next?
11:35 am - 12:20 pm
Management of Malrotation Tips and Tricks
12:20 pm - 12:40 pm
12:40 pm - 1:25 pm
Management of Hernia
Discussion of hernia management techniques through different access
1:25 pm - 2:10 pm
Abdominal Wall Defects
Management and Diagnosis
2:10 pm - 2:55 pm
Hirschprung's Disease
Exploration of Current Treatments and Management
2:55 pm - 3:05 pm
3:05 pm - 3:50 pm
3:50 pm - 4:35 pm
4:35 pm - 5:00 pm
Closing remarks
Times are tentative and will be disbursed throughout the show as always.

Topics Covered

  • Appendicitis
  • Esophageal Atresia
  • Hernia Controversies
  • Malrotation
  • Lumps and Bumps
  • Abdominal Wall Defects
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux


  1. Recognize various treatment options for appendicitis and diagnostic nuances
  2. Apply knowledge of NEC to improve early recognition and management
  3. Describe Hernia types and treatment options
  4. Apply principals of surgery to esophageal atresia repair
  5. Describe treatment options for malrotation
  6. Review common congenital malformations and their treatment options
  7. Identify various lumps and bumps and their respective treatments
  8. Describe various types of abdominal wall defects and their current management
  9. Define how to handle pilonidal disease and other soft tissue infections

Disclosures and Accreditation Statement